Editor’s note: An alarming trend that needs to be addressed.
By Matteo Cimellaro, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Debbie Rupke (Tomma) heard a rattle at her door. It was her cousin in a panic, telling her they had only minutes to leave. Strong winds had shifted, and the Bushcreek fire, which has burned at least 43,084 hectares north of Kelowna so far, was bearing down on their homes. Rupke (Tomma) had returned from Vancouver the day before, so she grabbed her yet-to-be-unpacked suitcase and her most precious memento: a family portrait of her daughter she gave up for adoption at 15.Continue reading Frantic escapes, damaged homes and lost time: First Nations hit hardest when wildfire season comes